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The Selected Poems of Anne Sexton [Paperback]

Anne Sexton , Diane Wood Middlebrook , Diana Hume George
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31 Oct 1991
Anne Sexton's language was simple, domestic; her imagery arresting; her subject matter urgent, shocking and exciting. She wrote about mental breakdown, sex, addiction, abortion - the other side of ordinary life. 'Madness' and its cultural meanings were central to her art as to her life; yet it is a bright, lucid and sane voice that resonates. Sexton's poems are accessible, moving and intensely honest. Her poems are brought together here in a diverse and powerful anthology spanning fifteen years of uninhibited writing.


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (31 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853814164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853814167
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey in Massachusetts in 1928. After the birth of her second daughter, Anne suffered a suicidal breakdown. Self-hatred led to repeated hospitalisations and in 1974, aged forty-five, she committed suicide.

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5.0 out of 5 stars selected poems of anne sexton 13 Dec 2013
By JulieT
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i love anne sexton, her poetry is often tortured and uncomfortable to read, but it is also so alive and real. a must have in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Anne Sexton Should Be Compulsory! 4 Dec 2013
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This is an excellent compendium of many of Anne Sexton's poems, excellently edited by Diane Middlebrook (who also wrote a deeply moving biography of the poet in 1991). Read Anne Sexton and feel more human!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Sexton 1 Jun 2013
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A very good collection of many of Anne's poems, a must for anyone who appreciates the work of Anne Sexton.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not her fault that they didn't pick her very best! 21 Feb 1998
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Okay. No offense to Anne Sexton, but this book just doesn't cut it. The people who did the "selecting" didn't do a very good job. Many good poems which are hard to find are found, but many of her greatest that are easily found aren't even mentioned in this book. And why does Middlebrook always do the commentaries?? I love Anne Sexton and she needs to be portrayed for her art, not for the mentally ill, depressed, phsychotic person that she was. I mean--her poetry is terrific, and personally, I don't think that Middlebrook does a very good job of summarizing Anne Sexton to the readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for all Anne Sexton fans. 4 Aug 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton draws from poet Sexton's ten published works of poems as well as from her last pieces to provide a fine introduction and overview to her best works. The editors reveal a wide range of styles and themes and provide new readers with a definitive overview. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Selections superior to the Collection 2 Jun 2000
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I'd seriously have to bicker with another reviewer and state that Middlebrook did a fine job selecting the "most worthy" of Sexton's poetry. Let's face it: towards the end of Sexton's career as a poet, she pumped out more garbage than grandeur...and Middlebrook (whose biography on Sexton, by the way, is among the best biographies on ANYbody) seems perfectly aware of that. With "Selected Poems" in print, scholars of poetry no longer have to plow through rubble to find a few diamonds.
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